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Falmouth lifeboat crew launched to yacht in freezing conditions

Lifeboats News Release

Falmouth’s volunteer lifeboat crew were called out on the morning of Thursday 1 March to a yacht after concerns over the wellbeing of its inhabitant due to the extremely cold and snowy weather.

Inshore Lifeboat on slipway

RNLI/Dave Nicholls

Despite cold conditions, road closures, ice and snow, Falmouth RNLI crew responded quickly, with the pagers alerted at 7.50 am and the inshore lifeboat Eve Pank launched at 08.05 am. Helm Claire Angove with crew Tom Bird and Jake Ingleby proceeded up the Carrick Roads to the yacht and were with the owner by 8.15 am.

Concerns had been raised as the occupant had not been heard from in some time, and with the extremely cold easterly winds and weather conditions, the Coastguard made the decision for the lifeboat crew to check that all was well.

Reaching the yacht, moored near St Just-in-Roseland, the crew spoke with the owner, and after establishing that he was safe and well with sufficient heating and supplies aboard, the inshore lifeboat returned back to the lifeboat station. The boat was then refuelled and made ready for service by 8.55 am.

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